Friday, December 21, 2007

Good waiters, a rare breed...

No, this is not an entry about how awesome of a waiter I am, this is a story of the guy who works at the restaurant right next to mine, East Sushi. I won't go in to how good the food is, it'll suffice to say that it's the best Pan-Asian food I've ever had (HBoO will hurt me for saying that, she's the Pan-Asian connoisseur of the relationship..:-P), but they house the best waiters. Ever.

So I walked in for lunch the other day, and I notice that two waiters were working. Not five, ten, or twenty (*cough*Applebees*cough*), but two. This restaurant has about 40 tables and a sushi bar, and the place was about 3/4 full at lunch time. Bus boys, you ask? Nope..not a one...

So I sit down, expecting to wait a bit, or at least deal with a slightly frustrated waiter, but no. This guy was pleasant and quick, got my drink right away, my soup within a minute, and my lunch within seconds of finishing my soup. No joke. What a beast. This guy was waiting on at least ten tables, ranging in size from my solo spot to a party of 8, and everybody's food came out exactly when they wanted it, not a single order was incorrect, and everybody was happy. I'm amazed. I struggle with three tables, especially the rowdy large ones...

Now, I'm a cheap bastard when it comes to food, my bill came to $5.83, but I recognize greatness when I see it, so that guy received a $4.17 tip, roughly 75%...

So today, it being post-semester times, me being all by my lonesome, decide to treat myself to a delicious Pan-Asian meal for lunch. I walk in, notice the crowdedness to be equivalent to my previous experience, and am promptly seated. Not 30 seconds later, Mr. Beast Waiter puts a water on my table and asks if I'll have the same as last time. I'm in shock, my first encounter was at least a week ago. I'm consuming delicious Wanton soup and sesame chicken not three minutes later. And I'm not the only one. Minutes after I started eating, two hipster types walk in and sit at the sushi bar. Mr. Beast Waiter asks if they'll have their waters as per usual. Next, a couple sat down at the table next to me, and out came two plates of shrimp fried rice. They didn't even look at the menu..!

Hats off to beast waiters, they are an invisible and under appreciated force that makes life much easier and happier...

-Matt

1 comment:

meloogal said...

you're such a seriousmun